The Founders of America by Francis Jennings
How Indians Discovered the Land, Pioneered in It, and Created Great Classical Civilizations; How They Were Plunged into A D

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This book traces the history of the American Indians from their early mastery of the wilderness, through the classical era of their great civilizations, and the dark ages that followed European invasion and conquest. Jennings investigates how the Indians struggled to retain their cultural identity against efforts of government and society to force assimilation onto them. He documents the gradual population and cultural revival among Indians in the 20th century after their catastrophic decline in earlier years. By emphasizing the diversity of Indian cultures and the variety of their interactions with Europeans, Jennings refutes the legends characterizing the Indians as antagonistic warriors, and illuminates the complexity and significance of the realtionships that formed between the Indians and the settlers.

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Francis Jennings is former director of the Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian.
Published April 1, 1993 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 458 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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The Iroquois Confederation figures prominently as the record of conflict between colonizers--French, English, Dutch, Spanish--is examined, but the larger picture of conquest, from CortÇs in Mexico to the US Cavalry at Wounded Knee, reveals that the main business was the wholesale replacement of I...

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Jennings ( The Invasion of America ) argues that the true founders of North America were the Indians who established civilizations here long before the arrival of Columbus, Cortez and others.

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